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Community feedback wanted for Ballard to Interbay land use corridor study

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on April 17th, 2013

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) are looking for community feedback for the Ballard to Interbay land use corridor study. To gain the feedback DPD are hosting a community meeting on April 29 at Q CafĂ© (3223 15th Avenue W) from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and are also inviting locals to voice their opinion through an online survey. The study aims to develop a vision for land use close to the 3-mile corridor along Elliot Ave W and 15th Ave NW from Interbay to Ballard.

For the past six month city planners have been discussing possibilities for the future of the Interbay area. Change has been rapid and is set to continue in the area with the addition of Metro’s Rapid Ride and the introduction of new apartments and offices. DPD want to make a plan with the community about the future of the area.

Over the course of the study DPD has reviewed and discussed information with the Interbay Working Group, formed to provide input for the study in November last year. A partner working group in Ballard is set to start meeting this Spring. Now DPD wants to combine the information provided by the working group with thoughts from locals.

Some of the key issues that DPD want to hear about include:

  • Business: What kind of businesses can thrive in the Interbay corridor?
  • Retail: What types of retail does the community want ?
  • Pedestrians and Bicycles: Which streets are the most important for walking and biking?
  • Housing: Would Interbay be a good place for more people to live?

“Public input will help us finalize recommendations and guide future changes to land-use policies and zoning for Interbay. Now is a great time to tell us what you would like to see happen in Interbay,” write DPD.

All are welcome to attend the community meeting and complete the online survey. Check out the preliminary recommendations here and check out the background information on the study here.

If you have questions about the study contact planner Patrice Carroll at patrice.carroll@seattle.gov or contact urban designer Geoffrey Wentlandt at geoffrey.wentlandt@seattle.gov

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